Towns are made from houses – Jean-Pierre Watel (1933-2016)

Authors

  • Richard Klein École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.52200/63.A.UG2EFZB8

Keywords:

Modern Movement, Modern architecture, Modern housing

Abstract

Jean-Pierre Watel (1933-2016) has not been forgotten in the history of contemporary architecture. Gérard Monnier recounts the architect’s success in the 1960’s, his single-family houses and a domestic modernity largely linked to his design of North European-style houses: a central living room, an assumed horizontality and large sections of glass. His main constructions were mentioned or have featured in the professional magazines as well as in the more mainstream press - ensuring recognition from his peers and the aspirations of potential clients. The houses grouped together into new towns were also lavishly commented on for their stylistic affiliations.

How to Cite

Klein, R. (2021). Towns are made from houses – Jean-Pierre Watel (1933-2016). Docomomo Journal, (63), 89–91. https://doi.org/10.52200/63.A.UG2EFZB8

Published

2021-08-31

Author Biography

Richard Klein, École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture et de Paysage de Lille

(Seclin, France, 1958) Architect, historian of architecture, Professor at Ensap de Lille, member of the Lacth, Chair of docomomo France and member of the Advisory Board of docomomo International. His research focuses on the history of 20th century architecture and its representations. He is the author of numerous books (about Mallet-Stevens or Le Corbusier) dealing with the history of Modern Movement.